Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >
My soul, with sacred joy survey. T. Kelly. [Missions.] First published in his Collection of Psalms & Hymns, &c, Dublin, 1802, No. 264 [there are two hymns in the collection with this number], in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and based on Isa. xliii. 5, 6. It was repeated in the first edition of his Hymns, &c, 1804, and again in all later editions (ed. 1853, No. 575). In addi¬tion to appearing in a few collections under its opening line, two centos therefrom are in common use, both beginning: "Arise, arise; with joy survey." These are: (1) In Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 1219, composed of stanzas i., in., ii., vi. and vii. in the order named; (2) In the Baptist Praise Book, N. Y., 1871, where stanzas i., iv. form No. 1204.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)